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October 2007

Release Date: October 3, 2007

Fall 2007 Enrollment Figures Released for ASU

Fall enrollment figures at Angelo State University totaled 6,239, down 26 students from the 6,265 reported during the 2006 fall semester, according to 12th class day figures released by the ASU.

While overall enrollment was down slightly, enrolling freshmen increased 108 students to 2,182.

Comparisons by classification for the fall 2007 and 2006 semesters were: freshman, 2,182, 2,074; sophomore, 1,125, 1,210; junior, 991, 1,053; senior, 1,364, 1,375; unclassified, 147, 93; and graduate, 430, 460.

Enrollment by ethnicity for Fall 2007 and 2006 was: African-American, 401, 387; Native American 39, 44; Asian, 73, 81; Caucasian, 4,194, 4,243; Hispanic, 1,450, 1,454; International, 82, 56; and undetermined, 2, 0.

ASU President Joseph C. Rallo said the figures reflect the need for more modern student housing and for greater retention efforts, two areas already identified in the university’s strategic planning.

Construction on Centennial Village, the new $21 million, 526-bed residence hall which was originally targeted to open this fall, was dormant for eight months while under the management of the Texas State University System. Construction has resumed since ASU became a member of the Texas Tech University System on Sept. 1 with the goal of having rooms available for next fall.

“Centennial Village is the first project in our strategic plan to add more campus housing designed to accommodate the needs of today’s students,” Rallo said. “Providing contemporary amenities in our residence halls will increase their attractiveness to today’s students.

In addition to increasing housing facilities on campus, ASU is also stressing retention rates.

“Improving our retention rate is our top academic priority,” Rallo said. “It is unacceptable that our retention rate from the freshman to sophomore year is 59 percent while our peer institutions report a retention rate of approximately 65 percent.

“We are working diligently in this area in line with the state’s Closing the Gaps initiative,” Rallo continued. “We have superb faculty and staff, small classes, world class facilities and a welcoming and safe community environment. Our students excel after graduation. Our goal is to make sure that more of them graduate.”